Thursday, November 25, 2010


Striking textiles from this company.  Have a look through their site for inspiration, and if you like anything, you can get it at the Y&Co showroom, here in Toronto.  This room was one of Vanderhurd's projects - gorgeous!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

my white office

Well, I decided to go with white walls and here is the office now.  I put a few less pictures on the walls - I just couldn't bring myself to put so many holes in the walls again.  But it is organized and I did purge tons of stuff!!  I only have decorating magazines from 2007 on now!! ;)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2011 trends - by lynda reeves

 Meg Ryan's Country Home 
Courtesy Elle Decor magazine
I saw Lynda Reeves at Elte tonight.  She was very personal, friendly and very excited to be talking about the 2011 Decor Trends!  Here is a sneak peak into her thoughts, to be seen in the January issue of House & Home:
black walls
white walls
black kitchens
minimalist country
urban country
French mattress upholstery
linen fabric
patterned sofas
multi-headed light fixtures
black painted windows...
and a few others that I'll have to let you wait to see in the upcoming issue!

It was a lovely evening at Elte.

Monday, November 15, 2010

another ikea kitchen

Can you believe this is an Ikea Kitchen?!  Who says it can't look custom and gorgeous.

Friday, November 12, 2010

blue and green

White with blue and green accents - that's really quite perfect!  So fresh and clean.  The wood and sisal rug calms everything down just the right amount.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

michael simardone design

He's simply the best at it in town - recycled, salvaged design - gorgeous, meticulous and naturally original.  Check out his website.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

tarnished silver bowls for storage

Vintage silver is as flexible and easy to maintain as stainless.  Just let it tarnish.  Consider old silver trays and bowls for bathroom storage - use them for your Q-tips, make-up brushes and soaps.  They are so charming when not too shiny.  Take yours out of hiding and use them - it's a great look for any style, especially urban country.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

loft living

Loft living at its best - can't you just picture yourself here if even for just a weekend?  I love it!

Friday, November 5, 2010

thom filicia collection

I was at Elte tonight to see Thom Filica speak about his new furniture line.  He is great - funny, endearing and to use one of his words, inspiring.  He has some really whimsical pieces of furniture that could inject a real mix to your space; some classic and some just fun!  I love his console table pictured here.

His full line is available at Elte so it is very exciting to have these interesting pieces so available now.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

a versatile daybed

A daybed is such a versatile piece of furniture.  Consider it for its ability to do double duty - a sofa by day and a place to sleep by night.  You might even consider a daybed as the perfect room divider - one that is open on both sides works wonderfully with pillows piled at the head and foot of the bed.  Consider one for your office too, pushed up against a wall with tons of pillows.  It will look and feel like a sofa but be ready in a pinch for an out of town guest.

This daybed is by Laneventure and is called the Zinnia Wicker daybed.  Isn't it amazing!?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

design 2.0

What is the future of decorating?  My vision - keep it simple and listen to yourself.  There are no rules, no hidden agendas, no copycat of glossy magazine images.  It's simply about being personal and practical above all else.  Because that's good design every time.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

sisal rug

A sisal rug is so versatile.  It has become a staple in interior design over the years and I don't believe it will go away anytime soon.  It is perfect for any design style and the texture adds so much to a room.  Of course you can layer more sophisticated rugs over it too. 

For a softer feel underfoot, consider a low loop-pile wool rug that has a similar look. Then pop an underpad underneath for the ultimate in comfort.

They are sold at different price ranges, so consider one for your empty floors for a nice winter touch.